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Conor O'Shea expects Harlequins to bounce back following Challenge Cup exit

O'Shea expects Harlequins to bounce back
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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea expects his team to bounce back following defeat in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Conor O'Shea has said that he hopes his Harlequins side can bounce back following their Challenge Cup defeat to Northampton Saints.

Quins lost 18-10 in their semi-final at Franklin's Gardens last night, and currently sit outside the playoff places in the Aviva Premiership.

The director of rugby told Sky Sports News: "It's only damaging if you let it be damaging. People think sport is about this upward curve and you never get blips or disappointments, but without this the emotion of the wins would never be as high.

"You have to take it and actually how you react to adversity is actually more important than being able to take the good times the whole time.

"Northampton, on the balance of it, deserve to win [last night] I think, we didn't bring everything we're about. But, we keep putting ourselves in these positions, sometimes you have disappointment and sometimes you have success."

Harlequins play Exeter Chiefs next weekend.

Conor O'Shea, the Harlequins director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road on May 11, 2013
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